April Clark

April Clark

Assistant Professor of Political Science

email: april.clark@purduecal.edu
Office: CLO 292
Telephone: 219-989-2796



  • Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara (2007)
  • M.A. University of California, Santa Barbara (2004)
  • B.A. California Polytechnic State University (1992)

Teaching Interests

  • Voter Behavior and Political Participation
  • Political Socialization and Public Opinion
  • Campaigns and Elections
  • Institutions
  • Introduction to American Government
  • Research Methodology

Research Interests

  • Political tolerance
  • Political and interpersonal trust
  • Social capital
  • Political corruption
  • Politics of religion

Selected Publications

Refereed Articles:

2015. “Rethinking the Decline in Social Capital.” (PDF) Special issue marking the 20th anniversary of the publication of Robert Putnam’s seminal article “Bowling Alone: America’s Declining Social Capital.” American Politics Research, forthcoming.

2014. “Political Tolerance, Psychological Security, and Religion: Disaggregating the Mediating Influence of Psychological Security.” With Marie Eisenstein. Politics and Religion, forthcoming Volume 7(2) (publication date June, 2014).

2014. “Stability and Change: Intolerance of Communists.” (PDF) With Michael Clark and Marie Eisenstein at Sage Open, forthcoming.

2013. “Interpersonal Trust: An Age-Period-Cohort Analysis Revisited.” (PDF) With Marie Eisenstein. Social Science Research 42(2): 361-375. News coverage by Washingtonpost.com, USA Today, Huffington Post, NBC.com, and other national and local media outlets..

2013 . “Explaining Changing Trust Trends in America.” (PDF) With Michael Clark and Daniel Monzin. International Research Journal Social Sciences, 2(1): 7-13.

2013. “Portraits of Religion in Introductory American Government Textbooks: Images of Tolerance or Intolerance.” (PDF) With Marie Eisenstein. Journal of Political Science Education, 9(1): 89-107.

2013. “Examining Intolerance of Atheist Speech Over Time and Across Generations.” (PDF) With Michael Clark. International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 3(5), 30-48.

2013. “Mind the Gap: Public Attitudes on Crime Miss the Mark.” With Michael Clark.  International Research Journal Social Sciences, 2(3), 1-11.

2007. Keeter, Scott, Courtney Kennedy, April Clark, Trevor Tompson, and Mike Mokrzycki. “What’s Missing from National RDD Surveys? The Impact of the Growing Cell-Only Population.” (PDF) Public Opinion Quarterly, 71(5):772-792.

Book Chapters:

2014. Eisenstein, Marie and April Clark, “An Assessment of Differences in Religion Measures and How These Differences Influence Political Tolerance Outcomes,” in Carriers of the Creed? Religion and Political Tolerance in the U.S., forthcoming ed. Paul Djupe. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.

2009. Streb, Matthew J. and April Clark, “The Public and Political Corruption,” in Michael A. Genovese and Victoria A. Farrar-Myers, eds. Corruption and American Politics: Cambria Press.

2008. Dimock, Michael, April Clark, and Juliana Menasce Horowitz. “Campaign Dynamics and the Swing Vote in the 2004 Election.” In The Swing Voters in American Politics, ed. William G. Mayer. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press.

About Dr. Clark

Dr. April Clark is an assistant professor of political science at Purdue University, Calumet and Director of Survey Research at the Institute for Social and Policy Research. She teaches courses in survey research, research methods, and political behavior.

Prior to joining the faculty at Purdue University, Calumet, Dr. Clark worked as a researcher at the Center for Public Interest Polling, Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University where she managed the Star-Ledger/Eagleton -Rutgers Poll (SLERP), and then the Pew Research Center in Washington D.C.

In these positions she conducted research on a broad array of topics, including an extensive generational analysis of Pew Research Center surveys dating back to 1987, as well as national surveys on race relations, college student voters in the 2004 presidential election, and assessing local election officials’ experience with provisional voting under the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA). As a result, Dr. Clark has developed expertise in various strategies for collecting and analyzing information including conducting public opinion polls (mass, elite, and special populations) and focus groups, as well as experimental design.

Dr. Clark’s research has also been published in a variety of academic journals, including Public Opinion Quarterly, American Politics Research, Social Science Research, Politics and Religion, and Journal of Political Science Education.

April Clark’s Curriculum Vitae (PDF)